Threats, extortion, reputation damage levied at Indie Art South—here’s the scoop

This morning I was clearing customary SPAM and came across a first. An individual, possibly from a foreign country and most likely using an assumed name, is threatening to “go through a series of steps of totally damaging” my reputation. ‘Dorothea Wight’ claims to have gotten my “database credentials” with intent to “extract your entire database and move the information to an offshore server.”

How do I stop it? All I have to do is send them $2,000 US dollars in Bitcoin. Continue reading “Threats, extortion, reputation damage levied at Indie Art South—here’s the scoop”

Blink-182 co-founder can take credit for Pentagon UAP (UFO) video release

We used to call them UFOs. Now we call them UAPs (unidentified aerial phenomena). Whatever the label, Blink-182 co-founder Tom DeLonge can rightfully credit himself to a large degree for the Pentagon officially releasing three videos of UAPs documented by US Navy pilots. Continue reading “Blink-182 co-founder can take credit for Pentagon UAP (UFO) video release”

My county’s D+ shouldn’t have been the primary focus of a local news story

Counties around the country are getting ‘graded’ on social distancing, and my county of Duval got a D+. A local news affiliate wrote about our D+, and it was good the writer did speak to some locals for the story. However, that D+ shouldn’t have been the primary focus of that story. Information beneficial to the public wasn’t included. Continue reading “My county’s D+ shouldn’t have been the primary focus of a local news story”

Just in time for the official day of love, a warning for WordPress sites

laptop photo indie art southToday is officially a day of love in the US, and most of us have valentines on our minds. But not everyone. A warning has been published by a Web security site about one of the most popular blog formats in the country, WordPress. Continue reading “Just in time for the official day of love, a warning for WordPress sites”

DOJ acts on threatening and fraudulent robocalls

laptop photo indie art southI remember a call I got from my elderly mother because she was close to hysterics. Someone had phoned her with threats related to her social security account. The caller instructed her to phone a number or be ready to deal with the sheriff, and to expect her bank accounts to be frozen. She called me and I told her to definitely not call the number as instructed. I explained we get these type calls all the time.

I wasn’t happy about whoever instigated those robocalls. Upsetting an elderly person who just had heart surgery is about as despicable an act as a robocaller can commit.

cell phone generic image Indie Art SouthYou don’t have to be elderly to get calls like this. The social security scammers have a sibling professing to be from the Internal Revenue Service. Another scammer pretends to be from Microsoft, claiming your computer has been compromised.  I’d imagine anyone with a phone has gotten these calls.

Now the US Dept. of Justice is attempting to do something about this. The numbers are astronomical. Continue reading “DOJ acts on threatening and fraudulent robocalls”